Print chief Mr Robert Maxwell was due in Watford today (Friday) to discuss last-ditch proposals for saving Sun Printers from the receiver.

But some union officials at the Whippendell Road factory, which produces TV Times, the Sunday Times colour supplement, Woman’s Own and Weekend, are pessimistic.

Two weeks ago Mr Maxwell, chairman of Sun’s parent British Printing Corporation, withdrew his own survival plan calling for 338 job losses.

The unions’ counter-proposals envisage keeping the workforce at 1,300 and making economy cuts in other areas – and the unions do not think Mr Maxwell will risk losing face.

[From the Watford Observer of February 5, 1982]

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